Shift 2 Unleashed steers clear of ‘bland graphics of Gran Turismo and Forza,’ says producer

Electronic Arts has announced Shift 2 Unleashed, the latest entry in the Need for Speed series. Shift 2 is scheduled to release in spring 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

“Shift 2 Unleashed is redefining immersive racing by blending the rush of tearing up the track at unbelievable speeds with the emotional experience of competitive battle,” said executive producer Marcus Nilsson. “We are also working closely with real-world performance drivers to ensure that Shift 2 Unleashed captures their experience and becomes the benchmark in authentic racing action.”

In an interview with Official Xbox 360 Magazine, Nilsson explained that while Shift 2 won’t match the 60 frames-per-second performance of Forza 3, it will look better than the “bland graphics” from Gran Turismo and Forza titles. “You have to make a choice with today’s tech. Either you go for – and this is harsh but it’s what I think – the bland graphics of GT and Forza, or you try to push the bar for what consoles can do,” explained Nilsson.

Instead, developer Slightly Mad will be aiming for a solid 30 frames-per-second, said Nilsson.

You can check out the first trailer and screenshots for Shift 2 Unleashed below.

Above: The debut trailer for Shift 2 Unleashed

[Source: CVG]

Nov 16, 2010 


  • Cleanser247 - November 17, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    @n00b Hell yeah!
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - November 17, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    I remember some fool from EA (Peter Moore maybe) stating that the Need For Speed license has been getting diluted by yearly releases so they would change that going forward. Little did I know that they would actually put out MORE than one a year instead of lay off of the constant milking. Best of luck to ya. Instead of trashing the competition's graphics perhaps the fine folks at EA would like to put out some GAMEPLAY screenshots instead of replay or CG crap. And have those screen shots in 1920 X 1080, not the shady 14000 X 10000 or whatever resolution that dishonest companies try to pull.
  • stegabba19 - November 17, 2010 6:15 p.m.

    point of this article is that ea wish they had graphics like gran turismo 5
  • FoxdenRacing - November 17, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    Translation (based on the images here, and knowledge of Shift 1): "By taking a more arcade-like approach to the physics and using the same vinyl editor we did for Most Wanted, we've got enough processor cycles left over to add lighting effects, particle effects, and 'ghost' decals. Look, it's shiny!" Smart*ssery's shaping up to be a very pretty game, easily on par with the ones Nilsson mocks. Hopefully it hits the same sweet spot on the line between sim and arcade that Shift 1 did; nail the gameplay again, rework or get rid of the 'MMO grind' elements [such as the incredibly fiddly entrance/apex detection for 'perfect corner'...which would make a great training mode, but detracts from the actual racing], and I see this being able to score a 10.
  • hester2 - November 17, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    @blocpartier The NFS series is constantly being passed around to different developers. Shift caters to a completely different crowd, so I wouldn't be too worried about Hot Pursuit. Besides, hopefully Criterion is working on a new Burnout first.
  • AxiamWolfe - November 17, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    Shiny, gritty, smashy, intense-y. Looks like what I'd expect from SHIFT 2. Hopefully they don't bring back the SHIFT 1 drift mechanic; never could work my way effectively around that. And GR: "is that the new..... video player?" -n00b Well? IZZIT?
  • CARDYKEV - November 17, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    Handling should be the foundation of any driving game. Please take note of this EA
  • Ninjadmin - November 17, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    Cant wait until this comes out! I can understand why people are really excited by Hot Pursuit at the moment but im infinitely more interested in this. As for the bland graphics statement, I think he means the overly clean & sterile look of those games. They are hyper realistic & too perfect if you know what I mean... Anyway, the Spring release cant come soon enough.
  • AntistaChris - November 17, 2010 8:05 a.m.

    yeh, i personally think Shift was a piece of crap. played and looked like a try-hard Forza/Gran Turismo.
  • Billy2silky - November 17, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    You know that EA Games don't have the knack for making track racing games/non-street racing games. They should take initiative and stop trying to compete with such games as GT and Forza. We love what they've done with the street racing genre of games.
  • Crimmy - November 17, 2010 6:33 a.m.

    @n00b Nope, DailyMotion's I think. But I've seen it somewhere.
  • SideOfBeef - November 17, 2010 5:16 a.m.

    Are they really trying to pull a Modern Warfare with the naming convention?
  • n00b - November 17, 2010 3:41 a.m.

    is that the new..... video player?
  • festafreak - November 17, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    Welcome to PC gaming 2008 style. Ok, ok, but this was on the PC homepage too, so I have just as much right to read it too! Hope it is a good sim title and not too arcadey.
  • blocpartier - November 17, 2010 3:07 a.m.

    Bland? GT5 is beautiful. All the Shift series will ever be is the arcade-y, overdramatic shit. And what happened to Hot Pursuit? did they can that and decide to release this instead?
  • CoryRX8 - November 17, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    I can't help but agree with him... those shots look amazing. I honestly didn't think that was possible on this generation of consoles. This one is definitely on my radar.
  • Gohoanq - November 17, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    Hmm, I think GT and Forza have great(understatement?) graphics.. but yea, if you're not a blind fanboy.. they Are bland.. and from I can see, that video and those screenshots show that their words aren't just words lol
  • brickman409 - November 17, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    i kinda get what theyre saying; gt and forza are realistic but boring
  • SliPaladin - November 17, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    "it will look better than the “bland graphics” from Gran Turismo titles." LOLWAT

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